Pre-Master's and Post-Master's Certificates
Pre- Master's and Post-Master’s Certificates
The graduate program in Theology and Ministry offers the following as either pre-Master's or post-Master's certificates. Students completing a Pre-Master's certificate can apply those credits to a Master's degree in the Theology and Ministry program here at La Salle. Each certificate is 18 credit hours, six courses. The specific curriculum is developed by the student and the program director.
Theological Studies – This certificate enables the student to explore core courses in Scripture, Theology and Spirituality. A student completing this certificate will have sufficient hours for a secondary competence to teach in a Catholic high school. The student should consult the specific course requirements for the school system in which they would like to teach.
Religious Education – The course work for this certificate prepares the student for work in the area of parish religious education programs. With the certificate the student would be able to serve as a coordinator of religious education.
Pastoral Care – Courses in pastoral counseling and pastoral ministry prepare the student for parish-based programs of pastoral care, work in hospice programs as well as limited work in hospital and nursing home chaplaincies.
Liturgy – This certificate combines courses in liturgical studies and church ministry. Students receiving the certificate will be prepared for work as parish-based liturgical coordinators, and if possessing music or choral skills as church musicians.
Church Ministry – In addition to students in the Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry for the Diocese of Trenton, other students can earn a certificate in church ministry. The program consists of courses in theology and ministry. Students earning the certificate are prepared for a variety of parish-based positions in church ministry.
Post-Master's Certificate in Pastoral Counseling
Individuals holding a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology or Social Work with an emphasis on Counseling can pursue a post-Master's certificate in Pastoral Counseling. The program requires the completion of 18 credits at La Salle. The certificate can be pursued while seeking the M.A. in Professional Clinical Counseling at La Salle University.